Jean hears bad news

First broadcast (estimate) 30th May 1979 (Melbourne);
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 22 Jul 1985 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Fri 27 Jun 1986 22:30 ; Central Sun 28 Jun 1987 0:05 (Mon) ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 30 April 1997 Wed 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 2 disc 4 (AUS) volume 1 disc 8 [UK]
Duration: 00:45:15 [UK=00:45:12]

Jean ~ Christine Amor
Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Steve ~ Jim Smillie
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Susan Rice ~ Briony Behets
Jason Richards ~ David Bradshaw
Geoffrey ~ David Cameron
Anne Yates ~ Kirsty Child
Ben Carstairs ~ Lindsay Edwards
George Lucas ~ Bill Hunter
Martha Eaves ~ Kate Jason
Mrs Henries ~ Natalie Raine
Syd Butterfield ~ Alan Rowe
Officer Barry ~ Joy Westmore
Booth Announcer ~ Adam Joseph

  • Written by Michael Brindley
  • Directed by Marcus Cole
  • Monica (who suddenly turns up again in this episode without explanation) says that "Alice" and "Madge" were chasing Anne but lost her. Probably she means these two familiar faces .

    Jean phones Steve and finds out that interim custody of Susan's children has been given to her husband. Anne rescues herself from two heavies by calling for Vera and tells her that Bea is sure what she's inside for now she's seen her file. Bea salts Anne's dinner accidentally on purpose while Vera is on duty to see it. Jean visits Mrs Henries again: the children have already been taken by one of their father's employees and Susan is gone. Anne demands that Vera get her something like a knife so she can defend herself. Instead, the best Vera can do is to lock Anne her in her cell. Anne gives Vera the file back so she can put it back in the filing cabinet. The women vote to watch Jason Richards on TV: Meg and Jean are also watching at home. Meg spots Susan in the audience. Susan gets up from her seat, dashes onto the stage and throws acid in Jason's face live on TV . Vera arrives home to find George has let himself in. When Vera mentions the incident with Sally, George replies that he heard that it was "some bitch of a warden" who locked her up who was really responsible. Vera goes to work late after a night of passion, telling George to keep the door locked. Anne steals a knife from the dining room. The women listen to the news on the radio about Jason Richards: he will lose the use of his left eye and need plastic surgery. Jean talks to Susan in solitary: she doesn't realise that she is in prison and talks about going on holiday with her children. Meg shows Jean a newspaper article that says that rather than being his lover, Jason Richards is the same person as her husband Frederick. Vera returns Anne's file to Erica, telling her that it was Lizzie who stole it. Meg finds Anne in her cell and tells her to get back out in the garden. As Meg is escorting Anne along a corridor, Doreen attacks Susan who is being led from the other direction. Meg helps the officer with Susan, leaving Anne unescorted to be grabbed by Monnie and delivered to Bea. Bea and Anne fight: Anne draws the knife and stabs Bea . Anne runs to the laundry and hides in one of the dryers: Vera comes past and shuts the door . Lynn meets Syd's son Geoff . No-one knows where Anne has gone and the officers refuse to tell Monica anything. Lynn refuses Geoff's offer of a lift, but Syd advises him to stick to the girls at University. The officers search everywhere for Anne, but in vain.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 22 Jul 1985 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW Mon 26 Sep 1988 23.35; Central Mon 29 Jun 1987 00.05; Thames Thu 21 Jan 1988 23.35; STV Mon 13 Jun 1988 23.35; Anglia Wed 13 Apr 1988 00.35; Granada Mon 23 May 1988 23.05; Tyne Tees Thu 17 Nov 08 23.05; Border Thu 10 Nov 1988 23.05; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...